|A dedes 2017|
Here it is, my year ends list nearly two weeks early. This year has been an amazing year for music with several of my favorite bands releasing some awesome music, one of them releasing what will probably be the best of their career. I am definitely interested in what you all think!
|1||Falls of Rauros|
This album is definitely my favorite release this year. The band does a magnificent job showing restraint here, allowing their music to crescendo beautifully. It's like watching a bud bloom into a magnificent flower. The ending to "White Granite" might very well be one of my favorite ends to a song. This record is this absolute definition of purity, and it feels like I am being purged of all negativity whenever I listen to it. Yes, it is worth the hyperbolic claims I give it. This rocks. 5/5.
You're Not You Anymore
Counterparts has always been an extremely personal band to me. They're a band that has really dragged me through some unfortunate times, so to wash them bloom into their niche is incredible to watch. They can be both visceral/angry off this album while retaining a sense of beauty and melody, which is what I think really pushes this album to its lofty heights. The instrumentation is more concise and Brendan's vocals pack more of a punch than ever, making this album an absolute fucking banger. 5/5.
Chelsea Wolfe is simply mesmerizing-her voice being dainty and fragile, yet equally dark and unsettling. To me, this sounds much like a continuation of her last album, with some nice little Doom influences peaking their way through. 4.7/5.
|4||August Burns Red|
A lot of what I say about Counterparts can be said for ABR. They're another highly personal band who i've been raving over since I was first sired from my mothers womb (so about 3 years or so). They essentially sound like Messengers but more concise and varied here, with them continuing their trademark hyper-melodic metalcore sound. It's energetic, it riffs, and the drumming blasts away as per usual. 4.7/5.
|5||Make Them Suffer|
Make Them Suffer is without a doubt my favorite deathcore band, and this is definitely a reminder as to why. Neverbloom is crushing and relentless, Old Souls is emotive and anthemic, and Worlds Apart is intriguing and experimental. They still retain their core sound while implementing some beautiful electronics, which blend with the music rather than sounding shoehorned in. I will admit upon hearing the single I was a bit skeptical, but I definitely grew to appreciate this more over time. Yeah, this rips. 4.5/5.
|6||The Ruins Of Beverast|
I wont go in depth much because you can simply look at my review, however here is what I will say-this is the weirdest, coolest blend of genres i've heard. psychedelic, doom, black metal, tribal, it's all there. 4.5/5.
Trance of Death
No, this does not sound like Deathspell Omega. Now that we have that aside-this is sweet, psyched-out death metal that sounds like the epitome of madness. Probably my favorite death metal release this year. 4.5/5. See review for more details.
Ok I lied, this is probably my favorite death metal from this year. The riffs are dissonant and intricate, the drums full and pummeling, and the growls ugly and guttural. This is essentially a slightly improved Labryinth Constellation, which is certainly a good thing. 4.5/5.
Eroded Corridors of Unbeing
I definitely had high expectations when I heard members of Blood Incanation where in this project, but man I was not dissapointed. Harrowing, cavernous doom/death in the vein of bands like diSEMBOWLEMENT that is absolutely putrid. 4.5/5.
Devour the Sun
This album without a doubt desevres more attention. This is sort of a symphonic black metal ordeal, although it certainly lacks a lot of the cheese that is generally present in symphonic black metal. Everything here is very organic, and makes for some epic, spine tingling beauty. 4.5/5.
|11||Cradle of Filth|
Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness of Decay
Cradle of Filth definitely went through a hefty, long slump, so watching their revival with their last two albms has been spectacular. Dani sounds reinvigorate, with his shrieks being as ripping as ever, and overall there are just so many fun and memorable riffs and melodies that make this album work so well. I haven't given this too many listens to I can't elaborate much more, but that is definitely too change in the future. 4.5/5.
This album is amazing, even with its flaws (Namely the mixing. Man those drums are mixed way too low.) It's energetic and crescendo's beautifully (especially on Eyrie). They're also as intricate and technical as ever off this album, doing a great job flaunting their musicianship while avoiding aimless-wank territory. 4.5/5
First off, shoutout to pjorn for getting me into this band, because without his relentless praise there is a decent chance I would have ignored them. The mix of calmness and aggression off this album makes for a really cool, stark contrast in sound. Also, New White Extremity and Pomeii are some of the catchiest fucking bangers to ever bang. 4.5/5 reminds me of Deftones.
And now it's time to get lazy and list off all my 4's without any description cause fuck it.
These vox make me hard
All Is In Sync, and There's Nothing Left to Sing
|18||Wolves in the Throne Room|
|20||Thy Art Is Murder|
|21||King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard|
Thank you Friv yes I will check out more albums by this group
Of Erthe and Axen: Act II
Stronger counterpart to part 1 listen to both for the full cinematic experience or just this idk do what you fucking want
Deliverance From The Godless Void
Something something pulchritidinous (is that how you spell it?)
How I got this band and Coheed confused for years I will never know
|26||City of Caterpillar|
Driving Spain Up A Wall
I reviewed this!!!!!!
Return to the Void
Poetry of the Ill-Minded
I Can Tell You About Pain
No I haven't checked out The Dusk In Us yet so this list is officially ruined
The Sachem's Tales
Pls check this out for my homie
|33||Count to Altek|
Imodius Forms: Millenium Flux
Well this was a 4.5 but im not changing my list this far in
Really weird hypnotic dreamy electronic cool shit m/
|34||The Smith Street Band|
More Scared of You Than You Are of Me
Thank you Sir Joe
Emperor of Sand
|37||Horns and Hooves|
Idk how I found this but this is fun as fuck k-pop or j-pop idk one of them
Godless Prophets and The Migrant Flora
Ignore my 5 review things change
Nocturnes and Requiems
I listened to this???
After the Party
|50||Mors Principium Est|
Embers of a Dying World
|52||Born of Osiris|
The Eternal Reign